Brancaia Il Blu 2005
Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
IL BLU is the premier wine from Brancaia. This Super Tuscan proves what is possible today at Brancaia in terms of elegance, complexity and intensity. For many wine lovers all over the world, this wine already is a classic – perhaps because in every vintage it shows a strong identity, reflecting the character and quality of our vineyards in the Chianti Classico.
Blend: 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
"Everyone loves a wine like this: The aromas are soft, penetrating and remind you of chocolate fudge, spice, spresso and black currants. There’s precision and a careful balance here between softness and power. The tannins are supple and smooth, yet the wine extends deeply throughout the palate."
"Crushed flowers, raspberries and sweet toasted oak waft from the glass as this beautiful wine reveals its feminine personality. The red fruit turns darker on the palate, where
leather and spice overtones add further complexity... with well-integrated tannins, notable persistence and commendable
The Wine Advocate
"This sleek and jammy blend is 50 percent sangiovese and 45 percent merlot (the remainder is cabernet sauvignon). The fruit feels primary and fresh, a strawberry sweetness that's framed by sandy tannin. Balanced and long, this will match pork ribs fresh off the grill."
Wine & Spirits
"Subtle yet complex aromas of mineral, currant and blackberry. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a caressing finish…balanced and refined."
This is one delicious wine. It's soft and supple in the mouth and on the nose, but there is depth, complexity and firm structure here. It goes well with red meat and garlic. We've had it with grilled lamb and with beef rubbed with olive oil, garlic, fennel seeds and pepper. Yum. I would not be so high on this wine at the full price of $80 a bottle. There's an awful lot of great wine out there when you get into that neighborhood. But it's been on sale pretty regularly for half that, and it is killer for that kind of money. Buy more than one; you're going to wish you had more.
Let this wine decant fro about 30 minutes before tasting! It's tart right after opening but becomes very smooth after decanting.
The Brancaia Il Blu was surprisingly smooth and delicious. I expected there to be more acidity, but it was a very pleasurable bottle to drink.
"Super" is the best way to describe this wine, certainly! Full, bright, smooth in center of the tongue, peppery on sides, with a nice light, persistent finish. A lovely mouthful of flavor, in a plum colored beautiful wine!
A fun wine to preview while it breaths over a few hours, but not for my taste. If you like old world wines you should enjoy this.
Learn About Brancaia Map It
La Brancaia, encompassing the two estates Brancaia and Poppi, has been owned by the Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer since 1981. It is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico area and saw a vertical take-off when it's vintage 1983 won first place at a major Chianti Classico tasting. Since then, through uncompromising dedication to quality and a strong own identity, the...
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Learn About Tuscany
One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...
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Learn About Other Red Blends
Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...
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